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August 28, 2019, 11:08 am
Live FOH Engineer, Brad Madix Puts Range of Mics to the Test for Florence + The Machine
AUGUST 28, 2019 – As the co-founder of Diablo Digital, which
provides turnkey live recording systems and
services for concert, touring, festival, installation and broadcast
applications, Brad Madix has accumulated an impressive
resume. He has worked alongside artists such as U2, Shania Twain, Shakira, Van
Halen, Rush, Alanis Morissette, Jessica Simpson, Linkin Park, The Eagles,
Fleetwood Mac and many more. Despite the wide variety of musical genres that
Madix has operated within, one thing has been a constant—his use of for both recording and live sound applications.
In his current
role as live FOH engineer for Florence + The Machine, Madix relies on a range
of DPA Microphones to help deliver pristine percussion to audiences. For
instance, he depends on the company’s 4099 Instrument Microphone for the
drum kit and the brand’s 2011C Compact Twin Diaphragm
Cardioid Mic for overheads, which pick up the sound from the
band’s various percussion instruments including cowbells, cymbals and a wood block. He also positions a pair of 2011C’s above the drum kit, to really
capture the instrument’s sound.
of these two solutions from DPA provide such a clear, natural sound,” says
Madix. “There is a great transient response on the drum kit. It’s really
amazing the way the mics pick up each beat of the sticks against the drum,
rather than mashing it all together, which has been an issue with other
microphones. The rigidity of the 4099s and their ability to be easily adjusted
makes them the ideal solution for large tours and live performances.”
In addition to the
live sound applications, Madix uses DPA’s 5100 Mobile
Surround Microphone for live recordings. “The 5100 mobile surround
mic is great for seamlessly picking up both ambiance and audience — it takes
care of everything,” he continues. “On the recording side, we have to be aware
of all sounds being picked up, whether it’s the audience yelling or the sound
of the room, and the 5100 captures it all really well.”
Madix was first
introduced to DPA’s 4099 Instrument Microphones while working with Linkin Park
during rehearsals. “We had already chosen other mics for the drums, which was
unfortunate because, when we tried DPA for the recording and compared it to the
recording from the other microphones, DPA definitely sounded better,” he
explains. “That’s when I knew that on all future tours, I would rely on DPA. I
was able to replace all the overheads with DPA’s 2011Cs for the Linkin Park
tour, so that helped improve the sound quality a great deal.”
Many of the
artists that Madix works with have been impressed by DPA microphones’ clarity
and natural sound. “Like many artists I’ve introduced DPA to, Florence [Welch,
Florence + The Machine’s lead singer] said ‘wow, I can really hear everything’
when she listened back to the mix. This is a compliment on its own because that is always difficult to
achieve in an arena,” Madix says.
Madix points out
that a key benefit of using DPA mics is that he doesn’t have to EQ as much. “It
just sounds right from the beginning,” he adds. “DPA has all these great
elements built-into one cohesive structure. It saves me a lot of time and
stress to not have to fuss around with the mics, especially during live
Working with such
large names, Madix is not willing to compromise sound quality and will continue
to rely on DPA Microphones for all his recording and live sound needs.
Additionally, he plans to add more of the brand’s microphones to Diablo
with CORE by DPA Technology is the company’s 4099 CORE Instrument Microphone, which creates an even clearer sound by lowering overall
distortion and expanding the dynamic range. This innovative
amplification technology also powers DPA’s line of miniature lavaliers and headset microphones.
ABOUT DPA MICROPHONES:
DPA Microphones is the leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer
of high-quality condenser microphone solutions for professional applications.
DPA’s ultimate goal is to always provide its customers with the absolute finest
possible microphone solutions for all its markets, which include live sound,
installation, recording, theatre and broadcast. When it comes to the design
process, DPA takes no shortcuts. Nor does the company compromise on its
manufacturing process, which is done at the DPA factory in Denmark. As a
result, DPA’s products are globally praised for their exceptional clarity and
transparency, unparalleled specifications, supreme reliability and, above all,
pure, uncolored and undistorted sound. For more information, please visit .
August 4, 2020, 7:03 pm
Following the success of its 2019 world tour, TSL Products is now offering a virtual training program for its TallyMan Advanced Broadcast Control System to customers around the globe. TSL’s TallyMan brings complex systems under a single point of control and minimizes operational complexity, allowing staff to deliver high-quality outputs with minimal risk of error.
July 27, 2020, 4:05 pm
Discovery Network’s Journey to the Future, produced by Storied Media, is a documentary focused on the behind-the-scenes lead-up to America’s historic SpaceX Falcon 9 launch. Several packages were also produced for use throughout the live broadcasts. Among the professionals who worked tirelessly on these projects was Re-Recording Mixer Michael Phillips Keeley, CAS, who called on NUGEN Audio to help create the perfect soundscape.
July 15, 2020, 7:09 pm
DPA Microphones 6066 CORE Subminiature Headset Delivers Abundant Clarity, Consistency and Durability for Pennsylvania Megachurch
July 13, 2020, 5:46 pm
Freaks 4U Gaming GmbH, a full-service marketing agency specialized in targeting PC and console gamers worldwide, has produced some of the most vital and vibrant gaming and eSports events in the industry. With the demand for gaming productions rapidly increasing, Freaks 4U recently expanded its complex, building an additional three 4K studios and three control rooms.
July 7, 2020, 4:13 pm
NUGEN Audio unveils the latest version of its Halo Downmix, which now increases the compatibility of the software allowing for greater flexibility and collaboration across a broad spectrum of project types. NUGEN has broadened the plug-in’s channel count support to address less common output formats.
June 30, 2020, 7:20 pm
Pliant Technologies announces an upcoming free webinar series for existing and potential Pliant partners and customers to learn more about the company’s wireless intercom solutions. The first in the series will be held on Wednesday July 8, at 10 a.m. (CDT) and Thursday, July 9 at 4 p.m. (CDT), and will focus on its MicroCom M and MicroCom XR intercom.
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